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Hospitality

  • July 20, 2018

    MGM Wants Las Vegas Mass Shooting Suits In MDL

    MGM Resorts International has asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate more than a dozen suits filed in connection with last year’s Las Vegas mass shooting, saying all claims and potential claims arise out of a single event.

  • July 20, 2018

    NCAA Looking At Impact Of Sports Betting Legalization

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association said Thursday it is looking at the impact of the legalization of sports betting on college sports, creating a team of experts who will determine how the integrity of games can be protected and betting can best be monitored.

  • July 20, 2018

    Schulte Roth, Kirkland Guide $290M NYC Hotel Loan

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP represented Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies LP in connection with its $290 million loan to Kirkland & Ellis LLP-counseled Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Co.for a hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, according to records made public in New York on Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Line Looks To Arbitrate Wrongful Death Suit

    Norwegian Cruise Line removed to Florida federal court Thursday a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a Filipino employee who died while participating in a rescue drill aboard a cruise ship, saying the claims must be arbitrated in the Philippines pursuant to the terms of his employment contract.

  • July 20, 2018

    How A Fla. Ruling Ignited A Surge In Online ADA Suits

    In the year since a Florida federal judge became the first to find that a company’s website violated a visually impaired customer’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ruling has been both an inspiration and “bully stick," spurring a surge in litigation that attorneys say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 20, 2018

    Facing Fees, Hard Rock Drops 'RockStar' TM Case For Good

    Hard Rock Cafe is moving to permanently drop a failed trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, days after a federal judge said the hospitality giant would need to repay the smaller company’s legal bills if it wanted to retain the right to restart the case in the future.

  • July 19, 2018

    MGM’s Bid To Dodge Vegas Shooting Liability Seen As Gamble

    After MGM’s recent preemptive actions to escape liability over last year’s mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas sparked widespread public backlash, experts said the hospitality giant is misreading the anti-terrorism law it cites and faces long odds in this case of first impression.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOI, North Fork Tribe Beat Group's Casino Challenge

    A California federal judge tossed a suit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to approve the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ casino project, saying the department didn’t violate federal law when it issued procedures allowing the tribe to offer gambling without a tribal-state compact in place.

  • July 19, 2018

    Tribe Pushes To Revive Casino Suit Against Wis., Ho-Chunk

    The Stockbridge-Munsee Community pressed the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive its lawsuit seeking to block the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino expansion plans, saying the suit’s claims are timely and that the Ho-Chunk and the state of Wisconsin are seeking to shield that tribe’s gambling revenues.

  • July 19, 2018

    Security Co. Not Owed Defense In Waffle House Shooting Suit

    Nautilus Insurance Co. doesn’t have to defend a security contractor for an Atlanta Waffle House in a lawsuit alleging it failed to stop a restaurant employee from fatally shooting a patron in 2014, a Georgia federal judge ruled on Thursday, holding that a policy exclusion for assault and battery claims clearly bars coverage.

  • July 19, 2018

    9th Circ. Reopens Bellagio Hotel's 'Fat Shaming' Sign Suit

    The Ninth Circuit revived a former Bellagio Hotel and Casino server's claim that he suffered emotional distress when his supervisors at a now-closed restaurant in the Las Vegas hotel failed to take down a sign that called him fat.

  • July 19, 2018

    Dynamex Applied Retroactively To Dancers' PAGA Suit

    An Orange County, California, judge said that the state Supreme Court's groundbreaking Dynamex ruling that carved out a more rigid test for differentiating employees from independent contractors can apply retroactively to a Private Attorneys General Act suit launched by Imperial Showgirls dancers over alleged labor code violations.

  • July 19, 2018

    Signing As Wife Can’t Shield Expedia User From Arbitration

    A Texas magistrate judge recommended on Thursday that a proposed class action against Expedia Inc. move to arbitration, saying a user’s claim that he agreed to the site’s terms and conditions under his wife’s name doesn’t shield him from a forced arbitration provision.

  • July 18, 2018

    Miami Voters Will Have Say On Beckham's $1B Stadium Plan

    Miami voters will have a say this November on whether the city should negotiate a no-bid proposal with David Beckham's Major League Soccer ownership group to redevelop a city-owned golf course into a $1 billion soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park.

  • July 18, 2018

    Half-Built Fla. Resort Gets OK For Bankruptcy Auction

    A stalled Fort Lauderdale resort partially built with $30 million from the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program will be auctioned off next month after a Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved bidding procedures for the property, which has attracted a $39.1 million initial bid. 

  • July 18, 2018

    Groupon Bilked Boat Co. By Lying About Refunds, Suit Says

    A Chicago boat rental company has sued Groupon Inc. in Illinois state court, accusing the company of running a multiyear scheme to defraud it out of nearly $360,000 in sales by falsely claiming to have refunded customers for thousands of rental vouchers.

  • July 18, 2018

    Addiction Doesn't Keep Embezzling Union Rep Out Of Prison

    A longtime union organizer cannot avoid prison by blaming painkiller manufacturers and a national opioid epidemic for the five years he spent embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Boston's service industry union, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    IHOP Franchises Settle Sexual Harassment Suit For $875K

    Two Illinois-based IHOP franchises have agreed to pay $875,000 to settle claims of offensive touching and a hostile work environment brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a sexual harassment suit, according to a consent decree filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court.

  • July 18, 2018

    Taco Bell Doesn't Owe Workers Break Pay, 9th Circ. Agrees

    Taco Bell doesn’t have to give break pay to a proposed class of California workers who get discounted food through its policy of subsidizing workers’ meals as long as they stay in the restaurant while on break, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday in a published order affirming judgment for the fast-food chain.

  • July 18, 2018

    MGM Sues More Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Amid online outrage over its suit last week, MGM Resorts International doubled down Tuesday on litigation against victims of October’s Mandalay Bay mass shooting in Las Vegas, filing two more suits in Arizona and California claiming that a 2002 anti-terrorism law protects it from liability for victims' injuries.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Health Insurance Affects Minimum Wage In Nevada

    Rick Roskelley

    In MDC v. Eighth Judicial District Court, the Nevada Supreme Court clarified the conditions under which Nevada employees may pay a lower tier minimum wage. However, the court also created a potentially confusing new requirement defining health insurance under the state's minimum wage amendment, say Rick Roskelley and Kathryn Blakey of Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Employers Must Respond To Weingarten Rights Expansion

    Douglas Darch

    In Circus Circus, the National Labor Relations Board overturned nearly 40 years of precedent in shifting the burden of contacting and obtaining a union representative onto employers when they interview employees suspected of misconduct. Employers should err on the side of caution and extend union representation whenever Weingarten rights may be triggered, says Douglas Darch of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.